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Revisiting Counter-terrorism Strategies in Pakistan: Opportunities and Pitfalls

Asia Report N°271, 22 July 2015

An army soldier stands guard inside the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, in Peshawar, on 17 December 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Pakistan’s six-month-old counter-terrorism strategy has failed to end the operations of violent jihadi groups, while military-led measures continue to undermine the civilian government. A winning strategy will have to include structural and governance reform, both to stop jihadis exploiting the absence of rule of law and to address the root causes of extremist violence.

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